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Annual report of Rospatent 2014 (Section 4)

 
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4.1. Automated System Development and IT Modernization

The development of information technologies (hereinafter – IT) in 2014 had the following five objectives:

  • Electronic processing;
  • Optimization of the documentation processing;
  • Development of the systems to support the decision making;
  • Development of the hardware and software infrastructure;
  • Participation in creation of the e-government infrastructure.

4.1.1. Electronic Processing

Rospatent and FIPS perform works on decreasing the paper flow to make an electronic document become as common in use as the paper documents are.

In 2014, the electronic workflow was insured for the following procedures:

  • examination of applications for the state registration of contracts for the objects of industrial property (as of January 2014);
  • processing of the requests on introduction of the changes into the Registers of inventions, utility models and industrial designs (as of January 2014);
  • examination of the applications for industrial designs (as of November 2014).

Implementation of the relevant informational systems allowed achieving by the end of 2014 the following results: more then 90 % of all the documents are transferred in electronic format; about 60 % of all the documents are prepared and signed in FIPS by electronic means; the preparation and signature of the documents by electronic means are insured to more then 90 % specialists of the examination divisions.

In order to insure the electronic processing in relation to provision of the state services, the following works were performed in 2014:

  • the system for paperless processing of the applications for the registration of the contracts related to all the object of IP (ASBBD «Contacts») was put into industrial operation;
  • the automated system for paperless processing of the changes into the Registers for inventions, utility models, industrial designs, including the data on extension of the validity and renewals of the patents (ASBBD «Processing of the Patents») was put into industrial operation;
  • the automated system for the State Register for inventions of the Russian Federation, the State Register for utility models of the Russian Federation, the State Register for industrial designs of the Russian Federation, the State Register for computer programs, the State Register for data bases and the State Register for topographies of integrated circuits was put into industrial operation;
  • the automated system for paperless processing of the applications for industrial designs was put into industrial operation (ASBBD «Industrial Designs»);
  • the electronic State Register of Trademarks and Service Marks of the Russian Federation, the electronic State Register of Appellations of Origin of the Russian Federation and Electronic List of the Well-Known Marks of the Russian Federation (EGR TM) with the documents signed by the electronic digital signatures of the authorized persons was further updated – as to the end of December 2014, 142 153 new registrations were added and 229 989 registrations were transferred thereto from the State Register maintained on paper;
  • the stable functioning of the automated library system (ABS) and Web ABS was enabled; as well as the new functionality was integrated thereto, which allowed to check the spelling when importing data into the text boxes, the simultaneous operation in several databases, the record check for the doublet reflection, simultaneous use of the modules «Selector» and «Cataloguer 51»;
  • the stable functioning of the electronic data processing system for trademarks and service marks TM-ADMIN was ensured. The PDF format was adopted, instead of TIF format, for storing the files. The client workstations were software-supported with Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8.0. The new software allowing to omit the licensed product «InputAccel», being previously used by FIPS for conversion of the paper documents in to the electronic form, was developed;
  • the works on receiving the trademark applications in electronic form via the e-filing service were continued. The users of the service were enabled to file requests to make changes into the list of goods and services, description and the representation of the mark applied in a structured form. The possibility of the automatic installation of the ActiveX electronic signature component, when setting up the working stations, as well as additional layer of protection from signing documents with an expired private key and signing the application / application documents only with an electronic signature key of the personal account owner were ensured. For the convenience of the users of the service, an opportunity to prepare within one session an unlimited number of additional documents for further registration was provided. The size of workspace was increased at all screen forms. The automatic dispatch of notifications on a receipt of an application (Form 940) by e-mail specified by the applicant / representative thereof, when filing an application, possibility to use Georgian and Armenian characters in the requests were provided, and etc.;
  • the stable work of the Centre for Data Preparation (CPD) was ensured, and the communication of the paper flows thereto for the processing was continued, in particular: the conversion primary and additional files of applications for industrial designs into the electronic format was ensured; the possibility of separation and detection of fragments in incoming correspondence received in respect to the applications for inventions, utility models and industrial designs was implemented for the purpose of future use during the examination process; possibility to control the language recognition in the flow of applications processed, as well as the mechanism of the automatic software updating on all CPD users’ workstations were introduced; the CPD administrators were enabled to design templates of the screen forms by the «drag-n-drop» inside the form;
  • further efforts for modernization of functionality of the electronic data processing system for inventions and utility models (AS EA) were made. The new component of the e-files of an application «Abstract in English» was introduced, in particular a new workstation for the download of abstracts in Russian for further translation and the bulk-upload of the abstracts into the system for subsequent extraction and publication. The extraction and further publication of the data missing in the EGR IPS codes, descriptions, drawings and etc., as well as additional classification of the applications with the CPC codes in the examination divisions were insured;
  • the users of the section «E-interaction with the Applicants» of the Rospatent official web-site were enabled to file applications for utility models in electronic form. The service for the e-filing thereof was integrated into the system for the automated processing of applications for inventions and utility models.

4.1.2. Optimization of the Processing by using IT

Common usage of IT provides not only for the new essential opportunities for the optimizations of FIPS activities, but also makes IT to become the key instrument thereof. At the same time, the maximum effect could be reached only in case of collaboration between the senior executives of the respective departments and the IT divisions aimed at boosting the labour productivity in FIPS.

The main idea is to ensure the automatic performance of most formal checks by means of sufficient structuring of the incoming and stored data, i.e. to ensure the original filing document processing in order to analyze its compliance with the prescribed form and to compare details thereof, in particular, with the details of the related filing documents made by FIPS. In 2015, it is planned to perform the relevant research and develop the prototype module for formal checks.

In 2014, some challenges of optimization of the fee accounting procedures related to the maintenance of patents in force and making records in the State Register of Inventions on termination of patent due to failure to pay the respective maintenance fee were partially met (some operations are performed automatically, most part of operations are automated). In 2015 the performance of this work will be continued.

Another optimization activities include electronic interaction with the applicants.

In 2012–2014, in order to increase the number of e-fillings the followings measures were taken:

  • improvement of the reliability and user-friendliness of the e-filing systems;
  • promotion of the e-filing;
  • distribution among the organizations of the newsletters offering to use the e-services for filling the applications;
  • thematic meetings and consultations for the e-filing system users;
  • arrangement of the e-filing of the applications in the TISCs.

During 2014, about 6,7 thousand trademark applications (~15,5 % of the total amount) and more than 1000 patent applications for inventions (~2,2 % of the total amount) were filed electronically. As to Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of 25.06.2012 No. 634, in order to electronically file an application for a trademark, invention, etc., an enhanced encrypted and certified digital signature is required. Unlike it is in other countries, the cryptographic service provider certified for use in Russia is not among the popular operating systems; it should be separately purchased, installed and configured to make the use of the electronic signatures possible. Besides, more than 2 thousand objects being under the processing were presented in the section «My Account» for conducting the correspondence in electronic form. In total, within the period 2012–2014 Rospatent didn’t manage to achieve the percentage of the e-filings declared in 2011.

It was found out that the main factor limiting the growth of the e-filings is the requirement to install and configure the certificates of electronic signature verification, which is technically difficult for the users of public services. This requirement is stated in Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of 25.06.2012 No. 634 «On types of electronic signatures being permitted for use in case of applying for the state and municipal services». In particular, it is prescribed to use the enhanced encrypted and certified digital signature when filing application for the protection of objects of intellectual property electronically. Users often undergo difficulties when installing and configuring the certificates of electronic signature verification required for signing the applications filed electronically.

Moreover, the requirement to present in the files of an application an original of a notarized power of attorney, except the cases when it is filed by a patent attorney or an author, according to Article 185.1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation being in force as of September 1, 2013 (Federal Law of May 7, 2013No. 100-FZ), also affected the amount of e-filings.

E-interaction with the applicants through the Common Government Services Portal

The Common Government Service Portal (CGSP) contains description of the state services rendered by Rospatent. In respect to each service, the required filing forms and the rules for rendering services were made available in the Portal. The CGSP also provides for the interactive filing forms in relation to all these state services.

4.1.3. Development of the systems to support the examiners in the decision making

At the moment, the main activities implemented within this direction include research and development works. The common objective is to expand the frameworks of implementation of the IT under the substantive examination procedures in order to reduce examiners’ labor efforts. At present, this direction is not now a key priority but is of the great potential for future development. As a result of works in 2013 the first steps in the field of analytical processing of the patent documents were taken. The development of the «similar documents search» or the «search by one button» (fully automated) in the PatSearch system proved to be effective for further improvement of the analytical processing and consideration of the peculiarities of the patent documents (first and foremost, use of the IPC).

In 2014, these works were continued in the direction of considering the coreferential links (implicit indication of an object or situation in the text) and using elements of the semantic search (links between key themes).

Using the element of the semantic search gave slight improvement in the quality of search (1.5 %) when increasing an average seek time by 0.5 seconds.

The exact value of percentage of improvement when considering coreferent links will be obtained in the near future, but it is already clear that it will not be high.

This is mainly due to the insufficient quality of classification of patent documents according to the IPC. The analysis showed that the weight of the IPC in the search should be lowered and the degree of fragmentation indices taken into account should be roughened.

Experiments with the manual editing of the terminology vector of document showed that the most significant improvement in the quality of search of the similar documents was obtained by including synonyms of key themes and concepts in terminological vector. In this regard, it seems expedient to focus in future on the use of synonymy when carrying out works on development of PatSearch (such as use of specialized dictionaries of synonyms, and methods of statistical analysis of texts and examiners’ queries).

At the moment, the percentage of refusals, in relation to which the refusal links were found when searching by «one-click» (search for «similar» documents), was 39–41 % (the links to the first 20 documents in the list of results were considered). After researching possible solutions to the problem of synonymy, there is a need to spend a few iterations to find the optimal combination weights in the terminology vector of the document.

4.1.4. Providing the required technical level and upgrading of hardware and system software of the computer network

In 2014, the project on a broad-scale modernization of hardware and software platforms and computing resources of the Office information systems was successfully completed. During the integration the latest server hardware Fujitsu M10-4S was unfolded, the array NetApp FAS6290 was added to an existing storage system (DSS). Besides, the SAN-network using Brocade 6510 switches, a backup system based on the Fujitsu SCi500 expanded tape library and Symantec Netbackup software, uninterruptible power supply system based on the UPS APC Symmetra PX2 with the capacity of 48 kW were fully modernized.

The following main Office information systems were successfully migrated to the resources:

  • Information retrieval system for patent search PatSearch v.7;
  • Electronic trademark processing system TM-ADMIN;
  • System of the state electronic registers of intellectual property objects;
  • Automated system of the Chamber of Patent Disputes;
  • Automated information system of paperless electronic processing of applications for inventions.

The performance of the new hardware and software platform exceeds by times the performance of the old platform based on PrimePower 1500 server. It has a cluster configuration which ensures the reliability of the computing system. As a result, the implementation of the project allowed increasing the number of network connections and storage capacity, as well as optimizing the access to data storage systems, which ensured better performance and availability of services.

In 2014, the development of hardware and software complex to support the work of the examination and functional divisions in a secure remote mode was continued. The number of FIPS employees working remotely increased from 84 in 2013 to 132 in 2014. In 2014, the Agreement on Cooperation between the Federal State Budgetary Institution «Federal Institute of Industrial Property» (Russian Federation) and the Republican State Enterprise « National Institute of Intellectual Property» of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Provide Access to the PatSearch Information Search System was signed.

4.1.5. Participation in the creation of the e-government infrastructure

Much attention is paid to the participation of Rospatent in the programs initiated by the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • development of the Common Government Service Portal (CGSP);
  • development of the Systems for interagency electronic interaction (SMEV), including the transition to electronic interaction with the Treasury;
  • integration of the Rospatent automated systems to the Unified identification and authentication system (ESIA).

The Common Government Service Portal contains description of the 13 state services rendered by Rospatent. It provides also access to the respective filing forms and blanks, as well as to the information on the order of rendering the above state services. In 2014, the works on updating this information were performed.

In 2014, the forms of applications already posted on CGSP were updated, and the new forms were made available thereon. As a result, CGSP provides currently an opportunity to file applications or requests for all state services rendered by Rospatent.

The interaction with federal executive authorities is ensured by means of the System for interagency electronic interaction (SMEV). The special SMEV web-service was developed and registered in the production environment in a compliance with the Methodological Recommendations on development of the e-services and implementation of the electronic signature technology in interagency electronic interaction (Version 2.4.4.). There is a plan to modernize the SMEV web-services in 2015 to make Version 3.0. meet the Methodological Recommendations.

In 2014, the works on the integration of the service «My Account» on the FIPS web-site, allowing the maintenance of the correspondence on applications filed in electronic form, with the Unified identification and authentication system (ESIA) were performed. In the future, the integration of the service to the ESIA will allow users to get an authorization in service «My Account» through the Common Government Service Portal.

4.2. Use of internet resources of Rospatent

In 2014, the following resources were available at the FIPS web-site:

  • Information search system (ISS) of national patent documents;
  • registers of Russian patent documents on all the types of industrial property objects;
  • registers of computer programs, databases and topographies of integrated circuits;
  • register of trademark applications filed in 2005–2014, complemented with information related to prosecution on applications filed in 2008–2014;
  • register of applications for appellations of origin of the Russian Federation filed in 2005–2014, complemented with information related to prosecution on applications filed in 2008–2014;
  • registers containing information related to prosecution on patent applications for inventions, utility models and industrial designs filed in 2007–2014;
  • register of trademarks protected in the Russian Federation by virtue of international registration, covered by license agreements registered in the Russian Federation on granting of rights to use trademarks;
  • Official Bulletins of Rospatent: «Inventions. Utility Models», «Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin», «Industrial Designs», «Computer Programs. Databases. Topographies of Integrated Circuits»;
  • data, published daily, on current registrations of trademarks, service marks, appellations of origin, well-known marks, as well as notifications of changes entered in the State Register of Trademarks prior to their publication in the Official Bulletin «Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin».

Internet resources of Rospatent include the following databases:

  • full text database of Russian inventions (contains information on 545 thousand patents for inventions, covering the period from 1994 up to 2014, updated three times per month);
  • backfile database of Russian patent documents presented in facsimile format (contains information on 1433 thousand patent documents for inventions covering the period from 1924 up to 1993);
  • abstract database of Russian inventions (contains information on 561 thousand patents for inventions, covering the period from 1994 up to 2014, updated three times per month);
  • database of published applications for inventions (contains information on 450 thousand applications for inventions, covering the period from 1994 up to 2014, updated three times per month);
  • abstract database of Russian inventions in English (contains information on 568 thousand patents for inventions, covering the period from 1994 up to 2014, updated three times per month);
  • full-text database of Russian utility models (contains information on 149 thousand Russian certificates and patents for utility models, covering the period from 1996 up to 2014, updated quarterly);
  • abstract database of Russian utility models (contains information on 149 thousand certificates and patents for utility models, covering the period from 1996 up to 2014, updated three times per month);
  • database of Russian trademarks (contains information on 455 thousand Russian certificates for trademarks, covering the period from 1925 up to 2014, updated daily);
  • database of international trademark registrations designating the Russian Federation (contains information on 275 thousand international registrations designating Russia, covering the period from 1980 up to 2014, updated monthly) – provided to subscribers of trademark databases;
  • the «Prospective Inventions» database (contains information on 1,5 thousand patents for inventions considered by FIPS to be prospective, updated quarterly);
  • the «Appellations of Origin» database (contains information on 138 appellations of origin and 329 certificates of exclusive rights to their use, covering the period from 1997 up to 2014, updated daily) – provided to subscribers of trademarks databases;
  • the «Well-known trademarks of the Russian Federation» database (contains information on 143 trademarks considered by FIPS to be well-known, updated daily) – provided to subscribers of trademarks databases;
  • database of industrial designs (contains information on 54 thousand patents for industrial designs, covering the period from 1993 up to 2014, updated monthly);
  • database of computer programs (contains information on 23 thousand computer programs registered in 2013–2014, updated monthly);
  • database of registered databases (contains information on 3 thousand databases registered in 2013–2014, updated monthly);
  • database of topographies of integrated circuits (contains information on 354 topographies registered in 2013–2014, updated monthly);
  • database of trademark applications filed in 2005–2014 (contains information on 414 thousand applications, updated daily);
  • database of applications for inventions filed in 2007–2014 (contains information related to prosecution on 333 thousand applications, updated daily);
  • database of applications for utility models filed in 2007–2014 (contains information related to prosecution on 101 thousand applications, updated daily);
  • database of applications for industrial designs filed in 2007–2014 (contains information related to prosecution on 35 thousand applications, updated daily);
  • International Patent Classification (IPC) Database;
  • International Classification of Goods and Services (ICGS) Database;
  • International Classification of Industrial Designs (ICID) Database.

4.2.1. Use of the Information Search System

Under the cooperation agreements between Rospatent and the respective organizations, in 2014 free access was provided:

  • to full text databases on inventions and utility models:
  • * to 152 organizations within the framework of the Program of Regional Cooperation between Rospatent and the Regions of the Russian Federation;
  • * to 36 organizations participating in the implementation of the state project on the development of nanotechnology;
  • to full text databases on inventions and utility models and to databases on industrial designs:
  • * to 107 Technology and Innovation Support Centers;
  • * to 2 organizations of Rostec;
  • to trademarks databases:
  • * to 9 organizations of the Federal Customs Service;
  • * to 3 users of the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation;
  • to all of the FIPS databases:
  • * to 99 organizations of the Federal Bailiffs’ Service;
  • * to 131 organizations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation;
  • * to 11 organizations of the Federal Antimonopoly Service;
  • * to 16 organizations of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation;
  • * to 94 organizations of the Federal Tax Service;
  • * to 44 users of the Court for Intellectual Property Rights;
  • * to 2 users of the Federal Agency for Procurement of Weaponry, Military and Special Equipment;
  • * to 2 organizations of the Federal Customs Service.

External users are granted free access to the following databases:

on inventions:

  • abstract databases in Russian and in English;
  • database of published applications for inventions;
  • the «Prospective Inventions» database;
  • full text database containing documents published in the «Inventions. Utility Models» Bulletins since 2014;
  • the IPC database;

on utility models:

  • database containing documents published in the «Inventions. Utility Models» Bulletins since 2014;
  • abstract database;
  • the IPC database;

on trademarks:

  • database containing documents published in the «Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin» Bulletins since 2014;
  • the ICGS database;

on industrial designs:

  • database containing documents published in the «Industrial Designs» Bulletins since 2014;
  • the ICID database.

In 2014, internal and external users made over 3360 thousand search queries with the ISS, including:

  • about 181 thousand made by internal users;
  • over 2558 thousand made by free-of-charge external users;
  • about 621 thousand made by commercial users.

Diagram 1 shows the allocation of queries to the ISS in 2004–2014.

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Diagram 2 shows the allocation of queries to the ISS in 2014 by types of industrial property.

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4.2.2. Use of registers of Russian patent documents

Users of registers are provided with free access to all patent documents available at the internet resources of Rospatent.

Over 38 490 thousand queries were made by internal and external users of registers in 2014, including:

  • over 358 thousand made by internal users of registers;
  • over 38 131 thousand made by external users of registers.

Diagram 3 shows the allocation of queries to registers by years.

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Diagram 4 shows the allocation of queries to registers by types of intellectual property.

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4.2.3. Use of the Official Bulletins of Rospatent

Users are provided with free access to the following Bulletins of Rospatent:

  • «Inventions. Utility models»;
  • «Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin»;
  • «Industrial Designs»;
  • «Computer programs. Databases. Topographies of Integrated Circuits».

Access is provided to all Bulletins published since January 2014.

In 2014, over 3441 thousand queries to Bulletins of Rospatent were made by users.

4.3. Use of databases in the course of examination of applications for inventions and utility models

In 2014, PatSearch, the internal search system of the Rospatent available at the workplace of each examiner, was the main search tool. PatSearch pool includes patent documents of Russia, USSR and CIS countries, patent documents of all foreign countries included in the documentation minimum under PCT, as well as the WPI database. PatSearch supports searches in external sources for non-patent literature, including searches for genetic sequences at the European Bioinformatics Institute web-site. Apart from the PatSearch system, the examiners have free access to search databases of all foreign patent offices and to certain non-patent literature databases.

4.3.1 Online search

In 2014, most searches were conducted by patent examiners online. Where the data contained in the PatSearch system was not enough, the examiners referred to the databases of patent offices, freely accessible via internet (mostly to Esp@cenet, PATENTSCOPE, EAPATIS, USPTO and JPO databases). For correspondence related to patent applications filed with JPO and KIPO, the examiners have access to the AIPN and K-PION databases, respectively. In addition, one working station of the EpoqueNet search system of EPO is available at FIPS.

Where necessary, the examiners conducted searches in commercial databases. Most searches were conducted in databases provided under the STN International platform. These databases are most commonly used for searches related to chemistry, pharmaceutics and biotechnology.

The access to STN databases is provided to examiners in the Online Search and Consultation Room. This Room is equipped with trained staff that can, when necessary, assist examiners in conducting searches. In 2014, about 1500 of such searches were conducted in the Online Search and Consultation Room. Vast majority of the searches were conducted in the REGISTRY, CA, CASREACT and CHEMCATS databases.

Besides assisting the examiners in conducting searches in the STN network, the Online Search and Consultation Room specialists provided consultations on conducting online searches in other databases available. In 2014, over 300 of such consultations were provided.

In order to improve the information support of the examination, specialists of the Online Search and Consultation Room research online databases which may be useful for conducting information search, develop and update guidelines for examiners on their use. These specialists are also involved in training both young and skilled examiners on the competent use of databases available.

4.3.2. Search by non-patent scientific and technological information

The internal search system of Rospatent PatSearch allows examiners to conduct searches by non-patent scientific and technological literature at the RFBR Scientific Electronic Library (eLIBRARY.RU) and the SCOPUS abstract database from their working places. From the working places examiners used freely accessible web-sites of libraries, Russian and foreign specialized databases on medicine, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutics, polytechnic databases, as well as Google, Rambler and Yandex online search engines. Additionally, in the special search rooms examiners had access to specialized databases on optical media, to Russian and foreign non-patent databases freely accessible via the Internet, as well as to the VINITI commercial database of abstracts.

The examiners conduct most searches from their working places, with no statistics tracked for using non-patent databases. The VINITI database is usually the one most often used for searches by non-patent literature in the Training and Computer Search Room. It contains Russian abstracts of foreign and Russian sources of scientific and technological literature (periodic and serial editions, books, dissertations, materials of the conferences, abstracts, patents, legal documents, deposited scientific works), with 30 % sources being of Russian origin.

4.3.3. Training to use databases

In order to increase the quality of searches conducted by examiners, training was provided for various groups of examiners, both young and skilled, on using various search tools. In addition, consultations were provided in search rooms related to efficient use of search tools.

The main topic of training was competent use of the PatSearch tool, specifically regarding its new functions. Training was also held on topics related to databases containing information that is not included in PatSearch. Those include databases providing full texts of national patent documents (and their automated English translations), as well as file documents of applications, databases of EPO, USPTO, JPO, KIPO and SIPO.

Special courses were developed for each topic. The training included a theoretical part covering specificities of examination search and a practical part with a range of tasks covering both the use of various operators and peculiarities of formulating queries depending on the subject of examination.

Groups of trainees were formed basing on skill level, work specifics, the subject of examination and a number of other factors. Where necessary, retraining was provided for beginning users of search systems in groups or individually. For newly employed examiners, a compulsory annual training was held on using all the databases selected for conducting examination searches, as well as the automated prosecution systems and the automated translation systems used in the course of work.

The training was aimed to improve the skills of trainees to the level where they could daily use the available electronic information resources and automated systems in an independent and competent way.

Statistics on training held in 2014 are provided in Table 4.3.3.

Table 4.3.3

Directions of trainings conducted in 2014 in the Training and Computer Search Room

Topics

Divisions

Number of Hours

Number of Trainees

Use of the internal search system PatSearch (expanded course)

Examination divisions

16

199

Skills of Use of the internal AS Electronic Archive

Examination divisions

4

103

Use of Asian databases (JP, KR, CN)

02, 03, 05, 06, 10, 11, 14

4

68

Use of the VINITI DB

Examination divisions

4

69

Use of the Esp@cenet database

12, 13, 14

4

95

Use of the Patentscope database

12, 13, 14

4

95

Use of the database selected for conducting searches

Examination divisions

70

140

ISS on the FIPS website

93

8

12

Seminars for trainees from the Skolkovo Intellectual Property Center, the Moscow Council of the Russian Society of Inventors and Rationalizers, the Federal Bailiffs’ Service, the Prospective Research Funds of Tomsk and Crimea, on the use of the ISS on the FIPS website, the ISS PatSearch, Esp@cenet and Patentscope databases

Trainees

12

154

Use of the MIMOSA software to conduct searches by industrial designs

93

8

12

Use of the automated translation system PROMT, version PTS

Examination divisions

8

191

Use of the Word software

10, 14

12

11

Use of the Word software. Prosecution

10, 14, 32

8

28

Use of the Excel software

03, 10, 14

12

14

Consultations on using the ISS PatSearch

Examination divisions

46

74

Consultations on using the VINITI database in the Internet

Examination divisions

28

149

Consultations on using the translation system PROMT

Examination divisions

37

198

Skills of Use of the Legal Reference System “Garant”

16, 18, 19, 20,29, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 45, 32, division 5

6

67

4.3.4. Implementation of automated translation tools

In 2014, the inventory of working places of examiners with access to the new version of the automated translation system PROMT PTS was performed, and the respective maintenance work was continued: uninterrupted access of examiners to the translation system was ensured and appearing system failures were promptly fixed. Consultations on using the new version of translation system PROMT both at the working places and in the Training and Computer Search Room were held.

Within the framework of improvement of tools effecting on the quality of the translation, the works on updating English-Russian users’ subject dictionaries for their further integration to the PROMPT system were continued. These works will help to improve the function of translation of the PROMPT system and, therefore, to improve the quality of translation of foreign patent documents.



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